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I opened the image in DxO Optics Pro in order to utilize the program's powerful lighting tools. I find the "exposure compensation" and "DxO lighting" tools to be more useful than those found in Photoshop in increasing the luminosity of mid-to-bright tones an image in a realistic manner without blowing out the highlights. Combined with a minor bump in color vibrancy, the result in this case was an image that began to approximate the way this scene appeared to my eye. Still, despite the dramatic improvement I remained somewhat unsatisfied with the darkness of the green foliage relative to the sky. I wanted the trees to glow as they did that night. Photo © copyright by Brett Deacon.